Since I have become a dad I have not had a whole lot of time to myself. When I do I don’t take it for granted. It’s not everyday I get to have a night out without having to worry about another human being. Please don’t think I am the horrible parent. I don’t look at it like I am a bad parent, but as a parent trying to survive. Last night I was lucky enough to have a night in the middle of the week kid free.
My dad and I went to see a movie at our local theater. They run a special on Tuesdays where every movie and every time is only $5.00. A great deal right? So we embraced our inner nerd and went to see Thor: The Dark World. After having our minds blown, we went next door to our local bar and ate burgers and drank beer as we finished watching the Michigan State and Kentucky basketball game. It was awesome to spend some time with my dad yelling at the TV and feeding my face.
I have a confession to make. I did not miss my kid. Why you ask? It’s because how amazing it was to be able to eat a meal without having a little person growling at you, playing a rather exhausting game of pick up the toy or cup when I drop it on the floor, or worrying about my little one being a daredevil and jumping out of her high chair. Yes, it was amazing to have a night off from being a dad and to be a man again. Lets face it, I look a whole lot better without rocking my pink diaper bag. It was also nice not to have to do the “car seat dance” and to leave the bar knowing that I don’t have wet baby Cheetos or dried puffs stuck to my shirt. Since these nights of being kid free are rare, I have already started planning my next night off.
I have another confession: After getting home and falling asleep, my daughter woke me up around 4:30 this morning ready to eat. I instantly shifted back into “dad mode” and made a bottle and fed her. After I fed her I held her in my arms while she fell asleep on my shoulder. Then I kissed her head, placed her back in her bed and cover her up. Call me a softy but that little girl is the sweetest thing. Although, I did not miss her last night, it was still good to see her face this morning.